Its been far longer than I would like since I’ve been here. I’ve been pondering over a few things. Life seems to have me torn at the moment between my heart longing for a simple existence far from the maddening crowd and the need of having to bear in mind the realities of providing and planning for retirement one day. It’s the dreamer/writer/artist in me that is in conflict with a modern world. I don’t think I was made for this time.
Fortunately, we live in a beautiful part of England and right on the border of Wales which is just breathtakingly beautiful. Its landscapes and countryside provide a little of the escapism my soul seeks. It occurs to me that we make time for the things that are important to us. Rather than making that time I’ve allowed myself to be swept away by the endless demands of this modern unrelenting world. Time to stop and take control…I’m just now sure how I’m going to do that yet!
Sunday was a beautifully clear and crisp day so we decided to cross the border and do a bit of exploring in Wales – something I think we are going to be doing more of. I follow VisitWales on Instagram which has happily added to my list of places to explore, one of those places was the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (don’t ask me to try and say that!), a world heritage site.
Let me tell you – it is magnificent! The views across the valley were just breathtaking. As we walked alongside the canal in the sky and watched the narrowboats and a lone kayaker slowly make their way down the narrow waterway, I was just filled with awe and wonder at God’s wonderful creation that stretched before me.
I should imagine that in a few weeks these trees will be adding to the beauty of the landscape with their autumn colour in full force. I spotted this beautiful house nestled in the trees along the hillside – doesn’t that red door look fabulous?
*sigh* I am a complete sucker when it comes to the countryside and sweeping landscapes. It is good for my soul! We took our time walking across the aqueduct just enjoying where we were at that time.
All too soon we had crossed, of course, we could have gone back the same way we had just come but the treelined canal beckoned us. The lighting was just perfect as it gently filtered through the canopy.
It was so peaceful and people so happy. For a moment it was easy to forget that we are in the midst of a pandemic. As we rounded the corner of the canal we came across a man displaying art that he was selling all along his narrowboat. We stopped for a chat. He’s an artist and lives on his narrowboat. He was saying that he is part of a conglomerate of artists who have had to look at alternative ways of displaying their art as the pandemic has played havoc with no longer getting footfall through galleries. So he contacted the Canal River Trust and asked if they could display their art on their narrowboat homes to sell. Happily, the Canal River Trust agreed which I would hope it would considering this is exactly how narrowboat dwellers of old would live and ply their trades.
Again, I felt the pull of such a life. We love the water and have taken numerous such boating holidays in the UK. I could quite happily spend my days chugging around the UK and indulging in arts and crafts to bring in the pennies – the dream is of course a far leap from reality I’m sure. Still, we decided that a narrowboat holiday would be rather nice and will look to doing that at some point.
Across the canal and down the lane, we decided that we wanted to see the aqueduct from the ground and explore the stone bridge we had spotted from above. We enjoyed walking down the hill, the Chestnut and Oak trees beginning to show their autumn colour and the floor littered with conkers and acorns – the fruits of fall.
This stone bridge is only wide enough to allow one car over at a time, not unusual for rural England. Can you see the little triangle bits sticking out on the bridge? That’s for walkers to step into to safely avoid an encounter with a car.
I spotted this house on the river from the aqueduct. Imagine living there! I love the sound of water so I think I would be quite happy to make this my abode although I would imagine that it could get rather cold in the winter.
Looking back towards the aqueduct it is quite impressive. This was a product of ingenious engineering during the Industrial Revolution. Did you know that it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain? So incredible.
I do hope you have enjoyed taking a little trip to Wales with me today. I was hoping to explore a new Welsh treasure this weekend but it looks like we are in for a very wet and rainy weekend – not great exploring weather. But…my husband and I are celebrating our 23rd Wedding anniversary on the 1st of November so we have decided to book a day trip on a steam train which explores northern Wales so I’ll be sure to share pictures of that (assuming we don’t go into lockdown again).
I have a few crafty things to share too but that is for another post. Until then my lovely friends, take care and stay safe.